Re: The Great Confederate Bayonet Debate
With the usual caveat aobut unit, time, and place...
I agree, Confederates bayonets are over-represented in reenacting. Much like slings.
And although apples and oranges, over on the Federal side... I am reminded of the March 1863 court martial of Colonel Hiram Berdan who in 1862 purpsoely "sabotaged" bayonets for his Sharpshooters' Sharps rifles so that out of 426 rifles there were only 247 bayonets. (248 additional ones were ordered and arrived in June of 1863 in time for Gettysburg.)
Adn yes, reproduction ramrods are poorly made their being sleeved and brazed rather than pinned and brazed. So, yes for reenacting one will likely eventually bend or snap one of when stacking using the ramrod method. Historically, that was less of an issue.
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